In order to Start we need to look at some ground work by looking at how God reveals Himself and His will to us. Theological teaching shows three means of this happening, through divine revelation. General Revelation, Special Revelation and Ultimate Revelation. Jesus Christ is the Ultimate Revelation of God. Jesus alone perfectly reveals who God is because He is God (John 1:1)
Fresh Start… what does that even mean? It means what many others have told me their experience has been. Start over? Block out the past? “Move on”???
As varied as these experiences are, it reflects the kind of stripping back to the beginning and remembering the core identity is in Jesus. Since Jesus touches our lives in every sense of our being, this means the resolution of conflict is different things to different people.
The battle between the father of lies and the Spirit of Truth is fought primarily in the minds of all mankind. Many have lost their way by forgetting who they are and what it means to be Christian. Some become fearful and loose hope for the future. Some how looking more like a sinner than a saint… But beneath all of this is a real sense of responsibility to know who God really is and who we really are. Beginning with knowing who’s responsible for what.
Who’s Responsible for what
I have heard people ask God in prayer to do things that He has clearly asked us to do.
This shows up in a very tiny scripture where James 5 verse 13 says, “if anyone among you is suffering let them pray” …so in that this is the responsibility of the one who is suffering to pray, many questions come as a “how do I do that?” or what do I need to pray.
I hope to respond to the most common reasons for overlooking this personal responsibility.
Knowing that I cannot repent, renounce, forsake, forgive or submit for someone else, I hope to point out how to recognise when these things are overlooked and what to do about it.
Some might say “it’s easy, just do what is right”. I can see how that would be ideal but if what is right was so obvious then there would be no conflict.
First let me point out that conflict for a Christian is the difference between what is believed and what the Word of God say about the subject.
The subject could be personal or spiritual, so we would be looking at resolving personal and spiritual conflict. In the next blog I will look at both these subjects, identify the difference and how being in conflict depicts the way we behave.
2 Corinthians 4:7-10
New International Version (NIV)
:7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.